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Washington Redskins Improve Defense With K Street Lobbying

A National Football League team has beefed up its defense against a growing line of aggressive opponents who want the team to change what they feel is its offensive name.

Rep. Rob Andrews Gets Off Scot Free

A federal agency has closed its investigation of a U.S. Representative for using campaign funds and his leadership PAC funds for his family’s trip to Scotland, and his daughters expenses to promote her business and her graduation party.

Donor Admits Giving $150K to Straw Donors for U.S. Senate Candidates

A businessman has admitted providing $150,000 to straw donors who then contributed to candidates in the 2010 U.S. Senate election in Utah.

Congressional Visit to U.S. Citizen Imprisoned in Cuba

Four members of Congress traveled recently to Cuba to visit a U.S. citizen imprisoned since December 2009 in Cuba, a lost closer to home than Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s location.

Super PAC for Campaign Finance Reform Swallowed by Fat Cats (Updated)

A Super PAC set up to work on curbing the influence of big money in politics has received more than a million dollars from a few donors, and hopes to get pledges from other large donors of $5 million more.

Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics

A national investigative reporter has written a new book detailing his efforts to trail conservative and liberal mega-donors who have helped pump $2.5 billion into American politics.

Conyers Starts Legal Expense Trust To Pay Legal Fees

A Congressman, who had trouble getting on the primary election ballot, has set up a legal expense trust to solicit funds to pay his legal fees.

Chamber of Commerce Buys $636K in Ads Supporting Jack Kingston

The Chamber of Commerce of the U.S., using funds contributed by undisclosed corporations and business interests, is pumping over $600,000 into support for a U.S. Senate candidate running against a former company CEO.

Cantor Spends $1 Million, Koch Contributes

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., reported spending over $1 million during April and three weeks in May, prior to his upcoming primary on June 10th. National donors, such as David Koch, and interest groups helped fund his campaign.

GAO Report on Lobbying: All Lobbyists Above Average

A new government report is out on how the choir of lobbyists and lobbying firms comply with the disclosure requirements of federal lobbying law, but fails to show anything about those who never registered to lobby or report in the first place.

Rep. Black Buys Comcast, Rep. Peters Sells APCO, Sen. Hoeven Buys Boeing

Even while Congress is legislating and providing oversight of the executive branch and government agencies, members of Congress are buying and selling stocks, according to new periodic disclosure reports of financial transactions required by the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (Stock) Act.

Former Member of Congress Cashes In on Connections

A former member of Congress is reaping the benefits of his work as a member who focused on transportation industry issues and now does lobbying for transportation interest groups.

Chamber Sent $500K to RSLC Just Prior to NC Judicial Primary

The Chamber of Commerce of the U.S. sent $500,000 to a national Republican organization just in time to have an impact on the North Carolina Supreme Court primary election.

Air Traffic Controllers Direct $800K to Super PACs

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association PAC has reported directing $800,000 to Super PACs during April.

National Party Sues FEC to Raise Unlimited Contributions

A national political party has filed suit against the Federal Election Commission seeking to knock out the current contribution limits on what an individual may contribute to the party for independent expenditures. Republican National Committee, the Republican Party of Louisiana and its chairman, and two local party committees filed suit today against the Federal Election Commission (FEC) claiming the committees have the first amendment right to set up non-contribution accounts, to raise unlimited amounts from…

Fundraising Starts for Lois Lerner's Legal Bills

A fundraising effort has started to help pay the legal bills of former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner.

Mario Andretti Helps Senatorial Campaign Committee in Race for Funds

Each of the two Senatorial campaign committees is racing to build as large a war chest as possible for the 2014 general election. Race car driver Mario Andretti is helping. The National Republican Senatorial Committee reported it had receipts of $6,043,424 and disbursements of $2,622,121 during April, leaving $19,289,665 cash on hand as of April 30th, with no debts. The committee received $1.4 million from contributors giving $200 or less, and received $3.8 million from…

Corporate CFO Pleads Guilty to Campaign Finance Violations

The chief financial officer of a corporation has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to commit campaign fraud, as well as other charges, that could bring pressure on the company’s founder, whose trial on similar charges starts on June 2.

Pro-McConnell Super PAC Quickly Attacks Grimes (updated)

On the day before a confidant primary election day, a Pro-McConnell Super PAC spends $561K for TV ads to run against general election candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, D-Ky.

Chamber of Commerce Sends $100,000 to Pro-Cochran Super PAC

A Super PAC supporting Sen. Thad Cochran in the 2014 Mississippi Republican Primary has reported receiving $100,000 from the Chamber of Commerce of the U.S.

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